House Democrats won’t put their name on Obama jobs bill? Update: Already introduced

posted at 9:25 am on September 27, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

When introducing his jobs plan to a joint session of Congress almost three weeks ago, Barack Obama insisted that they had to “pass this bill immediately.” According to Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), that would be a neat trick indeed, since the bill has yet to be introduced to the House, where tax policies have to originate. Lankford tells the Daily Caller that Democrats are having difficulty finding anyone to attach their name to the proposal:

“The focus right now from him [Obama] is ‘pass my whole bill, pass my whole bill,’ [and] some of the struggle with that is no Democrat in the House has even taken his bill and filed it yet. So we can’t even pass the bill because no one wants to put their name on it and say, ‘this is my bill’ and file it in the House,” said Lankford in a September 23 interview at the U.S. Capitol.

Why not? No one wants to put his or her name on a rehash of a previous flop:

TheDC asked Lankford, a member of the Budget, Transportation & Infrastructure, and Oversight & Government Reform committees, if he thought Obama’s newest plan would lower the unemployment rate.

“I do not and I’ll tell you, I’m very glad we’re talking about it as the President, the House and the Senate. We need to be focused on the economic issues, but if a trillion dollars did not solve the economic issues two years ago, throwing a half a trillion dollars at it now is not going to solve the economic issues. It’s the same stuff. It’s the same type of plan.”

Eventually, this bill will have to come into the House, and there are at least a few Democrats there who back a Porkulus II approach. Don’t expect to see any names on the bill that come from competitive districts in 2012 — although the mere act of adding one’s name to such a bill might just make a district competitive on its own.

Update: The White House’s Jesse Lee responds by pointing out that the bill has already been introduced to the House, and had been before Lankford’s interview on Friday:

House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-Conn.) on Wednesday introduced President Obama’s American Jobs Act legislation in the House.

“The President has drafted a plan that is focused on what the 14 million Americans who are out of work know they need — the simple dignity of a job,” Larson said. “He deserves a vote on his plan in as timely a fashion as possible because those 14 million Americans can’t wait the 14 months until the next election for this to be resolved.”

Larson’s bill, H.R. 12, is identical to S. 1549, the bill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the Senate last week in a bid to start the process of moving Obama’s jobs plan through Congress.

However, House Republicans are unlikely to schedule any time for Obama’s plan, in large part because of the $1.5 trillion in tax hikes Obama has proposed to help pay for it. Instead, Republicans have said they could consider pieces of Obama’s proposal as they move on their deregulatory agenda this fall.

Larson represents CT-01, which has a Cook Report rating of D+13. I’d call that a safe district.

Update II: It’s worth noting that while Larson did indeed put his name to the bill and introduce it to Congress on 9/21, there has yet to be any other co-sponsors attaching their name to the bill as of today.

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Rats. Sinking ships.
Writing. Walls.

You get the idea.

I’m extremely nervous about the 2012 election, but seeing this type of fear and reluctance on the part of the Dems gives a little hope.

A little.

Washington Nearsider on September 27, 2011 at 9:29 AM

If they love him, they will introduce the bill…but only if they love him…

right2bright on September 27, 2011 at 9:29 AM

ROFL

The demorat racists start surfacing, they wouldn’t hesitate to add their names to a bill from a white POTUS.

Why do demorats hate black people?

Bishop on September 27, 2011 at 9:30 AM

200,000 per job? Sign me up!

/s

herm2416 on September 27, 2011 at 9:31 AM

“Somebody come over and sponsor this lump of Uranium-235!”

Khun Joe on September 27, 2011 at 9:31 AM

It’s because another $450B is way too little!

/Krugman

mankai on September 27, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Would the 200K be my salary? Or, would it be 25K after all the corruption?

cktheman on September 27, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Why are these racist Democrats torpedoing Obama’s election campaign?!?

NotCoach on September 27, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Just last week Hotair ran a story indicating that a Rep. from Tx took the name “American Jobs Act” and put it on his own bill.

What happened to that and why is the media still calling this “the American Jobs Act”?

shanimal on September 27, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Khun Joe on September 27, 2011 at 9:31 AM

House Dems new theme song: The Firm

NotCoach on September 27, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Democrats are having difficulty finding anyone to attach their name to the proposal:

Seriously? Not even Kucinich? Pelosi? Waters? Rangel?

rbj on September 27, 2011 at 9:37 AM

*Paging Maxine Waters*

Maxine Waters, Mrs. Waters…please take off yo bedroom slippahs and start marchin’ to dah House flo to introduce dis bill.

SouthernGent on September 27, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Come on Pelosi,show some juevos.What is their approval rating again?

docflash on September 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Khun Joe on September 27, 2011 at 9:31 AM
House Dems new theme song: The Firm

NotCoach on September 27, 2011 at 9:35 AM

NICE! I saw them in concert at the San Siego State (open air) Amphitheater…

Khun Joe on September 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Guess no one is feelin’ the love these days, huh?

pilamaye on September 27, 2011 at 9:41 AM

The Anonymous Democrat Budget Bill of 2011.

Bishop on September 27, 2011 at 9:41 AM

Holy cow, don’t they even follow their OWN rules? They have to pass it before they can find out what’s in it!

HomeoftheBrave on September 27, 2011 at 9:45 AM

“The President has drafted a plan that is focused on what the 14 million Americans who are out of work know they need — the simple dignity of a job,” Larson said. “He deserves a vote on his plan in as timely a fashion as possible because those 14 million Americans can’t wait the 14 months until the next election for this to be resolved.”

Thanks for admitting that the new President will solve the problem, dumbass.

fossten on September 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM

+1 southerngent

cmsinaz on September 27, 2011 at 9:51 AM

put it to a vote ASAP…

mjbrooks3 on September 27, 2011 at 9:54 AM

So, Obama got someone in a D+13 district to put the bill in. I’ll bet he also promised it would never see the light of day so he wouldn’t be embarrassed to have his name on it. He’s got enough poison pills in that baby to stop any sane Republican from voting for it, at least that’s what he hopes.

bflat879 on September 27, 2011 at 9:55 AM

What happened to that and why is the media still calling this “the American Jobs Act”?

shanimal on September 27, 2011 at 9:34 AM

While Gohmert’s bill may steal a bit of the spotlight from Mr. Obama’s “American Jobs Act,” it can’t steal the actual name — there are no House rules prohibiting two different bills from sharing a name. Bills typically have a long, formal name and a short, informal name — two different pieces of legislation may share either. It would just be confusing.

Fallon on September 27, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Larson’s bill, H.R. 12, is identical to S. 1549, the bill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in the Senate last week in a bid to start the process of moving Obama’s jobs plan through Congress.

How is it possible for an ‘identical’ bill to be introduced into the Senate, when the House hasn’t passed the bill? Since legislation with Taxes must originate in the House, how can the Senate consider a tax bill that hasn’t passed the house? Since the Senate bill was introduced ‘last week’, how can it be said that this legislation ‘originated’ in the house if the Senate is already considering the bill before anything was introduced in the house? Or will the case be made that the president’s jobs bill is not a spending bill that needs to be passed by the House first?

Apparently, the greatest debating body in the world can debate ‘hypothetical’ legislation on a philosophical basis while they wait for real world legislation to arrive?

Or has our government become so corrupt that the Constitution is now meaningless?

Skandia Recluse on September 27, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Skandia Recluse on September 27, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Yes

pambi on September 27, 2011 at 10:06 AM

You won’t find Ben Nelson anywhere near that bill. He’s currently engrossed in playing “pretend” with Nebraska voters.:)

a capella on September 27, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Larson said. “He deserves a vote on his plan in as timely a fashion as possible because those 14 million Americans can’t wait the 14 months until the next election for this to be resolved.”

Pretty much admitting the NEXT President.

Lanceman on September 27, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Update: Already introduced

Good quick pickup, Ed.

After the recent issues with the Daily Caller and Tucker et al’s editorial calls, maybe you need to rethink giving them too many links. Now the Daily Caller makes a boneheaded mistake and don’t check a publicly available and easily accessible source to confirm a story they run. Instead they just put up whatever the politician tells them as news, without any sourcing or confirmation. The Daily Caller needs to exercise more editorial control or they slip into being nothing more than a PR office for politicians.

The original article at the Daily Caller still doesn’t have any sort of correction. Good on Ed for actually caring about his reputation by running a correction mere minutes after posting.

New_Jersey_Buckeye on September 27, 2011 at 10:33 AM

Why does he deserve a vote? The same plan has already failed.

tinkerthinker on September 27, 2011 at 10:37 AM

What happened to that and why is the media still calling this “the American Jobs Act”?

shanimal on September 27, 2011 at 9:34 AM

They should be calling it the “America Jobbed Act.”

Patrick S on September 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Please…no more from the daily caller. They done pi$$ed in their post toasties…

tinkerthinker on September 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Larson represents CT-01, which has a Cook Report rating of D+13. I’d call that a safe district.

Oh, good grief, that’s “my” Congressman elected by the blind sheeple of Hartford. I’m grateful that we’re part of a larger nation with smarter voters living elsewhere.

However, House Republicans are unlikely to schedule any time for Obama’s plan, in large part because of the $1.5 trillion in tax hikes Obama has proposed to help pay for it.

I think Boehner should schedule a vote on Larson’s (Obama’s) bill as soon as possible, and get every House member (including Democrats in swing districts) on record as for or against it. It will probably go down in flames, and if enough Democrats vote against it, it will be a huge repudiation of Obama, and it won’t look like “Republican” obstructionism.

Then the Republicans can start breaking the bill into pieces and pass the more “conservative” parts, and have the political cover to tell Obama, “we can’t pass the whole thing because the Representatives of the American people are against it.”

Steve Z on September 27, 2011 at 10:47 AM

They should be calling it the “America Jobbed Act.”

Patrick S on September 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

I’ve seen it called the “America Snowjob Act”. I like yours better.

VegasRick on September 27, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Pelosi, at the beginning of Obama’s presidency was his biggest most ardent cheerleader. Standing behind him, jumping up and down in her seat incessantly, as he spoke. Smiling, and clapping.

She did not introduce it. Why? Perhaps because she’s seeing the writing on the wall in her own district? I can think of no reason for her to not have introduced it, unless there is something on the back burner about her, and her district.

capejasmine on September 27, 2011 at 10:54 AM

How is it possible for an ‘identical’ bill to be introduced into the Senate, when the House hasn’t passed the bill? Since legislation with Taxes must originate in the House, how can the Senate consider a tax bill that hasn’t passed the house?

Don’t you remember “deem and pass”. The rules don’t matter anymore.

We live in a fiat and waiver society now.

Jason Coleman on September 27, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Thanks for the info, Fallon.

No matter what it is called officially, it will be EPIC FAIL

shanimal on September 27, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Would the 200K be my salary? Or, would it be 25K after all the corruption?

cktheman on September 27, 2011 at 9:33 AM

After all is said and done, it’s a negative $50k to your bank account, actually.

Please send your check payable directly to:

DNC Headquarters
c/o Re-Elect The One Campaign
PO Box 2012-WTF
Washington DC

Midas on September 27, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Ok, so two weeks after all his speeches the dems find someone to stick this on. There are no safe districts, for the dems. “Weiner Seat” “Kennedy Seat”

To name only two.

Lets all roll up our sleeves and get rid of these bums.

dogsoldier on September 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Or has our government become so corrupt that the Constitution is now meaningless?

Skandia Recluse on September 27, 2011 at 9:58 AM

“Rhetorical question” n. A question to which no answer is expected, often used for rhetorical effect.

Midas on September 27, 2011 at 11:33 AM

“The difference is…you’ve got me.”

BobMbx on September 27, 2011 at 11:39 AM

*Paging Maxine Waters*

Maxine Waters, Mrs. Waters…please take off yo bedroom slippahs and start marchin’ to dah House flo to introduce dis bill.

SouthernGent on September 27, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Honest to God…ROFLMAO LOLz

NJ Red on September 27, 2011 at 12:08 PM

I think Boehner should schedule a vote on Larson’s (Obama’s) bill as soon as possible, and get every House member (including Democrats in swing districts) on record as for or against it. It will probably go down in flames, and if enough Democrats vote against it, it will be a huge repudiation of Obama, and it won’t look like “Republican” obstructionism.

All it needs is a few democrats to vote “nay” so that it can be called a bi-partisan rejection of the president’s plan. Isnt that what happens when a few republicans vote on the other side and the news calls it “bi-partisan”.

AverageJoe on September 27, 2011 at 12:20 PM

House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-Conn.) on Wednesday introduced President Obama’s American Jobs Act legislation in the House.

That would be Wednesday of last week? So a fortnight after Obama demanded the Congress pass his bill immediately, in toto, he finally coerced prevailed upon an underling in his own party to introduce it? [Like capejasmine, I'm kind of curious -- did Nancy Pelosi refuse?]

Zumkopf on September 27, 2011 at 2:16 PM